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Mental Heath And The Downward Turn


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 Mental Heath And The Downward Turn

“Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being” according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Now it would be pertinent to observe the prerequisites for health to comprehend there significance, and they are as follows:

  • Peace
  • Shelter
  • Education
  • Food
  • Income
  • A stable eco-system
  • sustainable resources
  • social justice and equity

As reported in the Guardian by Hillary Osbourne (21 11 08) repossessions jumped by 12% in the third quarter of the year as increasing numbers of home owners struggled to make their mortgage repayments, figures showed today. This will inevitably have a huge impact on those people who have found themselves in this situation.

Furthermore, 11,300 homes were repossessed between July and September, compared with 10,100 in the second quarter of the year. One must question how many individual lives in effect have had to face this quagmire?

Last year, 26,200 properties were taken into possession by lenders - so far this year the figure stands at 30,200. A huge impact on health will emerge. Shelter is a prerequisite of health, so the risk to a persons mental health without having a roof over their head will increase.

Moving on and looking at the recent employment structure. An article in the Times as far back as February of this year (10 02 08) states as it’s headline “Britain facing huge job losses”. Infact two in every five employers plan redundancies over the next three months, according to an influential survey to be published tomorrow. It comes as two leading business groups warn of weak business confidence and a sharp slowdown in growth.

Coping with job loss will be extremely tough. Among a variety of life-altering events, such as death in the family, divorce, and serious illness, losing your job ranks among the highest in stress-causing situations. Job loss can have a profound effect on your emotional well being. There is a typical cycle that most people experience. This cycle includes denial, anger, frustration, and eventually adaptation.

Rosemary McKay advises “emotional issues aside, a number of practical issues must be addressed. We must determine how long our financial resources will sustain us. We must also decide if a career change is in order. Then we must begin to plan for the future”.

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